Australian Professional Standards for Teachers

Safety in biology

About this Illustration of Practice

The teacher conducts a practical lesson with her year 11 students on cell size and diffusion. She identifies the risk factors for the class and briefs the students on appropriate use of equipment, and the processes and behaviours required to ensure safety.

Standard 4
Create and maintain supportive and safe learning environments
Focus area 4.4
Maintain student safety
Career stage
Ensure students’ wellbeing and safety within school by implementing school and/ or system, curriculum and legislative requirements.
  1. How do you work with your students to identify and address potential safety issues in your classes?
  2. How do you maintain current knowledge of legislative requirements and best practice in student wellbeing and safety?
Aquinas College
Year level
Year 11
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Aquinas College is a large co-educational Catholic secondary school in Ringwood Victoria. The college has a comprehensive pastoral care program and offers students the opportunity to engage in a broad range of subjects, as well as extra-curricula and cultural activities.


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AITSL Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership

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